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  1. 7 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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    Hi Mikie,  pleased you had some time off and a few days away, just to show how our lives are inter-twined I also have a cake story from the weekend . . . . . . . .  . . 

     

    On Sunday we did a very small show for the anniversary of operation Bluecoat in the British section of the Bocage, Viv and Mike were trying out this motorcycle combination, I held onto the side and was offering Viv a piece of Victoria sandwich cake that Marjorie had baked.

     

    Ken, It was à great Day so glad you showed us the hôtel Then & Now..... Really interesting..... We Have had fun on FB With this picture..... You do make me laugh.... We are getting our one and only set of guests this week (so much prep and cleaning) then we'll have à gathering…. 

     

    Have à good rest of the week xxxxx

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, August 04  2020. 

     

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    I'd say that story and picture takes the cake!

  2. Rene,

     

    Bringing a package of stroopwaffels on trips has become a minor tradition with me since you compelled me to try them.  We spent a long weekend enjoying the wonders of Yosemite National Park.  A couple helped keep my energy up while battling the rugged hiking trails.  At one point, my dear wife Ana and Kiddo even tried one.  

     

    And then on the way home, we passed by this place...https://www.oakdalecheese.com/

     

    They have a large attractive sign posted in front advertising their delicious grilled Gouda cheese sandwiches.  I almost jumped out of the car as we drove by, but the place wasn't open at that hour.   I'll HAVE to stop there on our next trip that way.  

     

    Mikie

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  3. We've been away for a few days in an area with unreliable internet connections.  So am quite happy to come back and find a spot-on Then and Now, and learned about a vehicle I hadn't heard of before.  It's good to be back. 

     

    We spent a long weekend in the beautiful Yosemite Valley.  I didn't spot anything of the least bit of militaria interest until we were packing up to head home.  This jeep pulled up to the restaurant next door to our motel.  Sorry it isn't WWII vintage, and I'm not totally sure it is even military, but it's all I've got.  

     

    Mikie 

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  4. Oh, THAT kind of mule. Kinda had me wondering on a restoration on the other kind.  Seriously, congratulations on your project. That thing looks really neat!

    Mikie

  5. I'm still mourning the loss of The Mountain View Surplus store in Campbell that closed 2 or 3 years ago. A couple f shots of my last day shopping there.  There are 2 more stores left around here but they are Army navy surplus mostly in name only.  

     

    Mikie

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  6. As more of a history buff than a  collector with an eye to resell, an item that shows a fair chance of having been used in-hand by a soldier has far more interest to me than the same item in mint unissued condition.   That said, a mint in-the-package item does reflect the manufacturing and distribution side of the item's history.  

     

    Mikie

  7. On 7/26/2020 at 2:29 AM, earlymb said:

    Although I'm keeping a sharp eye on the current situation, I hope to go to Normandy coming Thursday for a few days with my uncle, who's never been there before so I hope that all the museums and sites with be open.

    Hope you have a good trip despite the situation.  Be sure to give us a report about your visit.

     

    Mikie

  8. On 7/20/2020 at 9:19 AM, Dogsbody said:

    Another Then and Now in one shot ( but you have to have damn good eyesight to see the Then picture so I've added a seperate picture). The Then picture shows the Venlo bridges on May 10th 1940 after the defending forces blew them up to prevent the invading Germans using them. During the war the bridges were repaired. I've also added a shot  that depicts the bridges after the Germans were done with them in late 1944.

     

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    Rene

     

     

    Good post, Rene!  And thanks for the reminder that there was a little bit of WWII in Europe before June 6, 1944. Something just a few in the US don't seem to know about.  

     

    Mikie 

  9. On 7/17/2020 at 11:01 PM, mikie said:

    How wonderful. Just found out that a coworker caught the virus at a 4th of July party. He thought it would be OK to go.  I work in an essential industry so I have been fortunate to be able to go to the office, usually on my own.  But now we are on total shutdown until we get tested.  Had my test yesterday.  He is asymptomatic and if I have it, so am I.  I'm fine except for my usual aches and pains. But I have to self isolate until my results come back in a few days.   Not looking for sympathy, I'm pretty sure I am fine.  I'm far far more worried about passing this thing on to others than for myself. That should be everyone's main concern. Please please please learn the moral of the story...Wear a darned mask when you go out.  Keep your distance from others while in public. Don't go to parties for a while yet. Wash your hands and sanitize a lot.  This has nothing to do with "freedom" or politics.  A virus doesn't give a rat's as about  your politics.  One person goes to a party not knowing they have it.  Next thing, dozens of people need to stay home, get tested and possibly get sick or die, and pass it along to people they don't even know and never met.  OK I'm off my sanitizer box.  Take care and be safe everyone!  I'll keep you posted. 

     

    Mikie

    After an entire week, I finally got the test results back from the hospital. They are positive that I am negative.  Woohoo!  Back to work tomorrow!  It was nice to have a few days off.  I did manage to fix up a few projects around the house.  And more importantly, not annoy my dear wife too much.  Since I had to somewhat self-isolate, I really couldn't go out and take advantage of being off for a week.     Thanks all for your concern.  Take care, mask up, sanitize your paws,  keep your distances,  and lets all get through this darned thing!  

     

    Mikie

  10. You paid $60? Wow, great deal. And with a scabbard too! It looks just like mine except mine is French manufacture. The U.S. design was actually copied from a French sword. 

     

    I've read that they were regulation until 1872, but don't sweat to that. 

     

    Congrats on a great pick up!

     

    Mikie

  11. 4 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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    WWII German artwork, perhaps . . . . . . . .

     

    recently found this lovely image, it appears to be WWII German artwork following the lines of US artwork of women factory workers, I have no further information on this image as to its originality or not, sometimes trust nothing, question everything  . . . . . . . . . . 

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 20  2020. 

     

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    If it wasn't for the plane, it would be easy to assume this was an American factory. 

  12. 11 minutes ago, Dogsbody said:

    Hi Mikie, I'm sorry to hear you have to experience this. I wish the best of health for you.

    Rene

    No worries. I'm not sick and I get a few paid days off until my results come in.  My first down time since this whole thing started.  At least the timing worked out well. The 3 in-laws who have been staying with us the past year had just moved into their own place, so I have our "family room" back for me to relax in. Our house is just way too small for 7 adults. Though my dear wife would probably dispute that I fall into that category. 

    Mikie

  13. On 7/19/2020 at 3:50 AM, General Apathy said:

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    Hi Mikie, well here's a closer image of the sun-dials I shot this morning while in Ste Mere, they are a feature of many properties in Normandy each one slightly different in design or size. 

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 19  2020. 

     

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    Being an odd thing myself, odd things like this intrigue me. I wonder if it was a trademark of the architect or builder? I

    Mikie

  14. 1 hour ago, gravecreek said:

    Thanks for the welcome. Have been following this tread for quite awhile. I enjoy it alot.

    Nice to have you here. The forum, and Norman D Landing in particular, has been  a fun place to hang out, learn stuff and "meet" lots of great folks. More than once, and not just now, NDL has been a refuge for me to get away and forget my troubles for a little bit. 

    Mikie

  15. How wonderful. Just found out that a coworker caught the virus at a 4th of July party. He thought it would be OK to go.  I work in an essential industry so I have been fortunate to be able to go to the office, usually on my own.  But now we are on total shutdown until we get tested.  Had my test yesterday.  He is asymptomatic and if I have it, so am I.  I'm fine except for my usual aches and pains. But I have to self isolate until my results come back in a few days.   Not looking for sympathy, I'm pretty sure I am fine.  I'm far far more worried about passing this thing on to others than for myself. That should be everyone's main concern. Please please please learn the moral of the story...Wear a darned mask when you go out.  Keep your distance from others while in public. Don't go to parties for a while yet. Wash your hands and sanitiize a lot.  This has nothing to do with "freedom" or politics.  A virus doesn't give a rat's as about  your politics.  One person goes to a party not knowing they have it.  Next thing, dozens of people need to stay home, get tested and possibly get sick or die, and pass it along to people they don't even know and never met.  OK I'm off my sanitizer box.  Take care and be safe everyone!  I'll keep you posted. 

     

    Mikie

  16. 1 hour ago, General Apathy said:

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    Normandy Then & Now, Ste Mere Eglise . . . . . . . . 

     

    last week I spotted an image that was taken in Ste Mere Eglise around 1946 / 47 during a visit by US troops commemorating the battles in the town in June 1944.  What struck me was the unusual sun-dial built into the corner of the wall, I just looked through some of my images of Ste Mere and I have a shot of the same building and it's just possible to see that the sun-dial is still there.  When I have time I will try and make a better comparison closer to the original 1946 image. 

    During the war the store on the ground floor E. Castel was a ladies clothing store and haberdashery, about five years ago the empty building was cleared out and became a cafe' thankfully the new owners kept the wartime name above the store.

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, July 16  2020. 

     

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    Those sundial decorations certainly are strange. 

  17. 19 hours ago, phantomfixer said:

    Was told this came off a battleship....one website shows this model as being used by the USN...

    In working condition...needs a cleaning...any Navy guys confirm it's use on ships 1930-1950s...

    Built heavy duty...weighs at least 4 pounds...

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    No idea if it is actually from a battleship, but it sure looks like it belongs on one!

    Mikie

  18. 6 hours ago, Dogsbody said:

    Sometimes it's the little surprises that make you think and wonder........A while ago I found at a second hand bookstore two volumes describing extensively part of the resistance work during WW2 in the Netherlands. In the book is a list naming known traitors and agent provocateurs (inciting agents). At this page someone attached with a post it note an obituary of someone who past away not too long ago. The name that's mentioned in the obituary is on that list.  I'll leave everything the way I found it but it makes me wonder who put it there and why..........

     

    (For privacy reasons I obscured names and dates in the obituary. The name is clearly marked in the book so I placed a dot in front of every name in the list.)

     

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     IS this the same bookstore you got the Kreigsmarine books at? If so, I'd keep going back there if I were you.  

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